Native Americans for Restorative Stewardship is based in a triad partnership that began in Humboldt State University within the Native American Studies department in 2013. Caligiuri, Perera, and Siaosi developed their undergrads together, they share advisors, mentors, and student clubs. The three worked together with the greater Humboldt Native community, Native American Student body and allies to form a social justice movement focused on promoting collegiate Indian Education. The team incorporated the Indigenization of education, participated in administrative negotiations and education, implemented social justice tactics, media outreach, and intercollegiate networking with Stanford University, Sacramento State University, UC Davis, and Dartmouth University. All three were inspired by their educational environment to pursue higher education in Federal Indian Law. Caligiuri, Perera, and Siaosi went on to attend the MJIL program at University Tulsa School of Law and earned their Masters of Jurisprudence in Indian Law.
Race J. Blackwell is currently a volunteer for NARS acting in a technical support and information specialist role for the firm.
Race has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication having won the California College Media Association Award for Best Magazine Photo Series as well as other awards for his photography and videography. Blackwell’s accomplished writing includes content surrounding water protection and harm reduction. Race is a certified paralegal with an ABA approved paralegal certification as well as an A.S. in Paralegal studies at West Valley College. He is currently attending San Jose State University for his Masters of Library and Information Science. His goal is to become a university librarian and professor to help the next generation of students understand the concepts and elements of university-level research.
Race is a published novelist.
Tech Support & Information Specialist
Lupe Sims is a descendant of the White Mountain Apache tribe of Arizona, and Sonora tribes of Mexico, as well as, the Congo, Nigerian, and Bantus' peoples. She is also the adopted daughter of Marc and Felicia McNair of the Klamath Tribes.
She has a Master of Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus in the perpetuation of Historical Trauma and dominant barriers in healing the cycles of oppression within Indian country. A Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, encompassed with a Certificate in Native American Studies from Southern Oregon University. She also has an Associates of Applied Science in Human Services from Rogue Community College.
She is a devoted indigenous mother, scholar, and relative, who has served Indian country for many years in the support of tribal voices, sovereignty, and community wellness, through grass roots activism and education. Our strength and power is within our voice.
She is the newest member to join NARS Consultants.